BTS grabbed another achievement after Rolling Stone included them in the “50 Greatest Concept Albums of All Time” as published in the magazine on October 12 (US time).
The publication came up with a list of the 50 best concept albums in the history of music. The list included a wide spectrum of genres like R&B, classic rock, hip hop, and punk.
According to Rolling Stone, concept albums are “thematic albums, tied together by very specific moods or interconnected songs… which require listening to a record all the way through.” From that criterion, the magazine chose 50 albums considered “the records that define music at its most ambitious.”
BTS’s “Map of the Soul: 7,” released in 2020, landed on the top 25 spot of the coveted list.
Rolling Stone writer and editor Michelle Hyun Kim raved about the album’s groundbreaking concept of incorporating Jungian philosophy terms to showcase the overall portrait of the real personalities of the members.
“Before BTS, few pop idols had attempted to express the anxiety that comes with maintaining such a visible public person that’s usually not faithful to the ‘true self.’ But with Map of the Soul: 7‘s heart-rending tracks like ‘Black Swan,’ the Bangtan boys cracked open their stage facades, exposing their fame-fueled fears with piercing introspection,” Kim wrote.
Source: Rolling Stone